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Air Ambulance Wales Fishing Competition at Amroth Beach

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Pictured (left to Right) are John OíConnor (Organiser), Peter Kraus (Wales Air Ambulance link), Liam Marklew (Junior Winner), Bernie Davies (Winner)
and Andrew Skeels (Organiser)

The good conditions on the day (Pic below by John OíConnor)

The 11th Wales Air Ambulance Open Beach Fishing Competition, organised by members from Pembroke & District Angling Club, Osprey Sea Angling Club, Haven Angling Group and West Wales Match Anglers, was held on 13th January 2013 on Amroth beach in South Pembrokeshire. Just like the previous 3 years, the weather was good with a slight easterly, rather than westerly, wind that prevailed all day. These conditions together with the weather forecasts were almost certainly the reason entries were the best ever at 120 anglers, which included 5 junior boys, 6 Ladies and 1 Junior Lady. We thank them all very much indeed for their support and must, once again, mention Saundersfoot Angling Club as they held a match within this match which helped swell the numbers. Together with the nice weather, the sea conditions again looked nigh on perfect, with a nice low, gentle rolling surf caressing the sandy beach. 32 anglers, including 3 Ladies & 3 juniors, including the junior lady, weighed in 60 Flounders, with more sizeable and undersized fish being caught with quite a few anglers not bothering to weigh in as they had, despite what could in the past have been thought of as decent catches, no chance of making the prize table. It was great to see Amroth once again, like the previous 3 years, continuing at its best and fishing like it used to fish when my son, now 30, was 6 or 7 years old. This made for a brilliant competition with just about every angler catching something.
The winning angler who managed to land 4 decent sized flounder, remember this was the first time this was fished to the new Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers size of 30cm, for 1Kg 820gms was local angler Bernie Davies from Neyland. This netted him the first prize of £200. Second was another local angler Gwyn Davies (no relation) from Pembroke Dock also with 4 flounder for 1Kg 715gms, allowing him to pick up the runnerís up prize of £100. In third place was a Bridgend regular, Andy Young, again with 4 flounders for 1KG 600gms, to get him the third prize of £50. The pool for the heaviest fish, netting him £120, went to yet another local angler Thomas Watkins from Kilgetty with a Flounder of 905gms. The pairís competition, in which both anglers had to weigh in, was won by Bernie and his partner, again a local, George Hawkridge from Milford Haven, with 5 Flounder for 2Kg 620gms. Second with 6 Flounder for 2Kg 335 gms were, father and daughter combo Mike and Evie Williams from Tenby and third with 5 for 1Kg 880gms were another local pair Martin Jones & Dai Etherington both from Milford Haven.
The Ladies section was won by the only Junior Lady the aforementioned Evie Williams with 2 Flounder for 745gms and the junior section was won by Saundersfoot boy Liam Marklew with 3 flounder for 1Kg 365gms. 2nd Lady was Sheila Mason (Milford Haven), 1 Flounder for 505gms and third was Keera Saykill (Saundersfoot) with a Flounder of 340gms. 2nd Junior was Daniel Tucker also with a flounder of 340gms. We have to thank James Lemon of FISH4BASS for adding to the prizes for each section winner with a free guided trip out on his boat or on shore Bass fishing later this year. Thanks must also go to Leigh Rogersí wife Angela and her employers, Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation, as she helped run the magnificent raffle following the comp and once again, her bosses agreed to match fund it with a donation equivalent to the raffle takings, up to £500, which was actually exceeded this year, excellent indeed.

However, the most important result on the day was that the event, by the time all the money promised is in, will have raised £81 shy of £2000 for the Wales Air Ambulance pushing the total raised over the 11 years this competition has been running, to approx £16,000. To thank for this sterling effort we must first congratulate the anglers from the organising clubs, you know who you are, together with Roger Harris of the Amroth Arms who always puts his premises and valued support at this eventís disposal. Also we must mention local Air Ambulance contact Peter Kraus, who was instrumental in starting it all and who always turns up on the day. Lastly, we must again thank all the kind and generous sponsors of the event, including those already mentioned who donated cash, made collections and donated prizes for the mega raffle which ensured continuation of the eventís great success. These were, in no particular order, HSBC Bank, West Wales Match Anglers, James Lemon of FISH4BASS, Roger Harries (Amroth Arms), Haven Angling Group, EFSA Wales, Andrew Skeels, Pembroke & District Angling Club, Pembroke Haven Motor Boat Angling Club, Osprey Sea Angling Club, John OíConnor, Robbie Scale, Ken Gainfort, Martin & Sandra Thompson of Anglers Corner Milford Haven, Mervyn Davies, Bart Morgan, Mark Nicholas of West Wales Angling, Gerald Wickland, Simon Nicholas, Alex Nicholas, Grainger Tubolt, Martin Jones, Shane Tucker, Phil Lustig, Steve Davies, James Skeels, Leigh & Angela Rogers. If anybody feels aggrieved that they have been missed off this list and we hope there isnít, we are truly sorry, but thank you, most warmly, for your continued support.

One final thing is that the whole shebang repeats itself in a few weeks on Sunday the 10th January with the 6th Felinfoel Brewery Double Dragon RNLI Annual Fishing Open, in aid of the local lifeboat stations at Angle & Tenby, for which we now pray for both the equivalent weather and just as good a turnout.

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